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A woman who lived with Sarah Lawrence ‘cult leader,’ Lawrence Ray and called herself his ‘wife’ can be seen wailing and begging him to ‘help’ her in disturbing video evidence in the sex trafficking trial.
The harrowing footage shows a visibly distraught Felicia Rosario hysterically screaming and crying at Ray, 62, who is calmly sitting at a dining room table.
Rosario, who is incoherent and babbling at times, can be heard repeatedly sobbing: ‘Please! Please, Larry don’t do this. Please. Larry, please!’ and ‘I don’t want to leave!’ as Ray comforts her in his arms.
‘I’m gonna need you to calm down. I need you to calm down,’ Ray tells her before she collapses into his lap.
Rosario then continues: ‘Call them and tell them not to take me, please. I don’t want any more trouble for myself. Please Larry don’t do this to me! Please! Please!’
Later in the video, Ray can be seen following Rosario into the bathroom where she appears to have taken medication shortly after the emotional outburst.
He immediately grabs her by the hair and shoves her head under the sink, in an apparent bid to make her throw up the drugs.
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Disturbing video submitted into evidence shows alleged sex cult victim Felicia Rosario crying and begging accused ‘leader’ Larry Ray to ‘help’ her
Rosario, who is incoherent and babbling at times, can be heard repeatedly sobbing: ‘Please! Please, Larry don’t do this. Please. Larry, please!’ as Ray, 62, comforts her in his arms
While it is unclear why Rosario was in such an emotional state, it her mental and physical decline while living with Ray is evident in the shocking video
‘It’s too late. I took Adderall,’ Rosario tells him, referring to the stimulant used to treat ADHD.
Still holding her head over the sink, Ray asks: ‘How many?’ to which Rosario replies: ‘Just a half pill.’
‘Why would you take my medication, come on?’ Ray says.
While it is unclear why Rosario was in such an emotional state, the extent of her mental and physical decline while living with Ray is evident in the footage.
Rosario, who is testifying for the prosecution, took the stand for a second day Tuesday to share further details about her allegedly abusive ‘relationship’ with Ray.
She told jurors that Ray convinced her that anything negative happening to him would be ‘the apocalypse’ and that she remains convinced he could retaliate against her ‘wherever he is.’
The 39-year-old was living with Ray and his so-called ‘lieutenant’ Isabella Pollok when Ray was arrested on February 11, 2020. Both women had referred to themselves as his wife.
During her first day of testimony Monday, the Harvard and Columbia educated medic told the court how her romantic relationship with Ray, 62, quickly gave way to physical and mental abuse and coercion that led to her mental collapse.
Rosario appears visibly distraught and heads to the bathroom shortly after the outburst
Later in the video, Ray is seen grabbing Rosario by the hair before shoving her head under the sink, in an apparent bid to make her throw up the drugs she ingested shortly after the
Rosario (pictured in a court sketch) took the stand for a second day Tuesday, telling jurors how she came to realize her ‘romance’ with alleged sex cult leader Larry Ray was a sham
Continuing her account today, Rosario told how she had come to realize that their ‘romance’ was a sham and that she was the ‘third party’ in the relationship and that Ray’s primary partner was his alleged co-conspirator, Pollok.
‘I was just a tool. He tried to make Isabella and I compete for his attention [as if] Isabella was imposing on our relationship, when, in fact, he was already in a relationship with Isabella the whole time,’ she told the court.
‘The truth was I was the third party in this three-party situation. I didn’t learn that until a few months ago, but it made everything make a lot more sense.’
Rosario was a second-year resident working in a hospital in Los Angeles in the summer of 2012 when she met and fell in love with Ray.
She told jurors that she had moved to the east coast in September that year by which time she was already ‘unwell,’ paranoid and mentally fragile.
She was, she said, unhappy to find that Pollok would be sharing a bed with her and Ray – a bed in which all three slept naked.
Yesterday she told the court that Ray had coerced her into performing sex acts with both Pollok and him.
Today she reflected: ‘It wasn’t actually a relationship [at all]. I was just a tool for him for whatever his agenda was. He didn’t love me.’
She described the belated realization as ‘devastating.’
Felicia Rosario (pictured in a court sketch) took the stand for a second day Tuesday, telling jurors how she came to realize her ‘romance’ with alleged sex cult leader Larry Ray (lower right) was a sham
Rosario was a 29-year-old Harvard and Columbia medical graduate when she met Ray, 62, through her younger brother who was a student at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York
Text message exchange between Rosario and Ray showed the two called each other ‘honey’ and ‘husband’ ‘and wife’
Rosario told Assistant US Attorney Mollie Bracewell that she remained ‘terrified’ of Ray and alleged that, following Ray’s arrest, his biological father, Lawrence Grecco ‘Pappi,’ threatened her as she tried to ‘disentangle’ herself from the Ray family.
In recorded audio of a conversation between Rosario and Grecco played in court, the older man can be heard stating: ‘[If] somebody turned on my son you don’t want to know me. I got nothing to lose.’
‘I’m 82 years old, they can lock me up afterwards for ten or twenty years. I don’t care.’
Rosario told the court she perceived this as a threat. For his part, she said, Ray had physically beaten her – punching her in the eye with a closed fist and the stomach and kicking her in the legs – just two weeks before his arrest.
But under cross examination, defense attorney Marne Lenox attempted to paint Rosario as a woman scorned, one whose relationship had simply collapsed.
‘You thought you were going to marry Larry, didn’t you?’ she asked. Rosario admitted: ‘Yes.’
‘You called him your husband and he called you his wife?’ Again Rosario replied: ‘Yes.’
Lenox attempted to reframe all that the government presented as sinister pointing out that Rosario was a grown woman, many years graduated, living alone on the West Coast and working full time at the time when she alleged Ray began his campaign of coercion that robbed her of her sanity.
According to Rosario, Isabella Pollok (left) was Ray’s primary partner. Pollok and Ray’s daughter Talia (pictured right with her father) have been named co-conspirators in the sex trafficking case
The jury was shown a disturbing video in which Rosario can be seen wearing her graduation cap, which she testified was a repeated humiliation tactic of Ray who would make her wear it and mock her as stupid and a failure
Lenox pointed out that Ray sent Rosario erotica only after eight months during which they were in a relationship and had declared love for each other.
And as far as Rosario’s claims that Ray had forced her into having sex with strangers, Lenox presented her as a woman who had an ability to make her own choices and chose to behave accordingly.
As for Ray’s ‘abuse’ of the students, Lenox suggested that this was, in fact, ‘Aggressive Encounter Therapy’ – popularized in the 60s and 70s – and that, by putting them in uncomfortable situations, Ray was trying to ‘help’.
She suggested: ‘Just like a method actor – Larry would do that and embody a person or a situation that would trigger or elicit that negative personal memory or experience [in order to purge it].’
Rosario conceded only that Ray ‘said that was his purpose.’
In testimony that echoed that of alleged cult member Claudia Drury, 31, Rosario told jurors Monday how Ray set her challenges and asked her to have sex with strangers and record it for him.
She also told how he would ask her to go to the mall, not wearing underwear with a short skirt and shop for shoes, and to flash the shoe salesman when he assisted her.
‘He made these demands basically every weekend. Eventually he was so insistent, threatening to break up with me and leave me that I started to comply,’ Rosario said.
Ray’s alleged campaign of control is said to have escalated during the summer of 2013, when Drury and several others travelled to Pinehurst, North Carolina, to help with yardwork at Ray’s stepfather’s property (pictured)
Pictured: Larry Ray outside his stepfather’s home in Pinehurst, North Carolina
Rosario said she first had sex with a stranger for Ray in the summer of 2012, by which time she had left the west coast and moved in with Ray at his Upper East Side apartment.
She told the court Ray and Pollok shared a bed and that all three slept naked together.
Rosario said she ‘wasn’t happy’ but that Ray convinced her he was doing this to ‘help’ Pollok, just as he was ‘helping’ the other students overcome their mental and emotional issues.
In time, she said, Ray demanded that she perform sex acts on both him and Pollok.
‘He called it the BPD Camp’, Rosario said, explaining it stood for borderline personality disorder or, ‘Bad Parenting Disorder’, as Ray called it.
The court saw disturbing video in which Ray filmed Rosario apparently asleep and with a black eye.
Ray ultimately ingratiated himself with his daughter Talia’s friends, Santos Rosario (left) Daniel Levin, Felicia Rosario (right) and Isabella Pollok
Pictured: Alleged cult victims Claudia Drury (left) Dan Levin (right) in evidence photos submitted to the court
Sarah Lawrence College is an elite liberal arts college in Bronxville, just north of New York City
She can be seen wearing her graduation cap, a repeated humiliation tactic of Ray when, she testified, he would make her wear it and mock her as stupid and a failure.
In audio played in court, Ray can be heard instructing another student to ‘buy a pacifier’ for Rosario because she is acting ‘like a child’ and ‘subhuman.’
On another occasion, Rosario told jurors he had Pollok buy diapers and put them on her, forcing her to sit on the floor and watch cartoons while wearing only them and a T-shirt.
Rosario is one of at least five alleged victims of Ray’s ‘sex cult’, which came about after the ex-convict ingratiated himself with his daughter Talia’s friends – Claudia Drury, Daniel Levin, Santos Rosario, and Pollok – at the elite liberal arts college in Bronxville, just north of Manhattan.
Ray is charged with sex-trafficking, extortion, money laundering, violent crime in aid of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and forced labor.